21 September 2010

Future of Heather Mills' vegan eatery up in the air


Even if the rumors aren’t true, it’s still a sad day for the vegan community. Heather Mills has (at least temporarily) closed down her vegan restaurant in Brighton, South England. The restaurant, called VBites, was opened last year after she received her divorce settlement from ex-husband and ex-Beatle Sir Paul McCartney.

Apparently, she’s just taking a six month break, but local citizens claim the restaurant was closed already during the recent and busy summer season, which doesn’t look good for the future of the business.

However, Mills has reported on her Twitter account that “VBites had a great summer, the success has brought us many opportunities to become worldwide.” So, the future of the company really is up in the air, and English vegans will wait with baited breath to see what happens next.

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Geanna Marek
Geanna was born and raised in veg-friendly Portland where she currently works as a freelance writer and librarian assistant. Find Geanna at her sustainable vegan living blog greenveganliving.com.

Photo credit: VBites

4 comments:

  1. She closed because it's losing money and she got bored and has moved on to her latest hoping to gain fame project. She transferred ownership to her sister probably to avoid paying off any debts. She keeps telling people they need to be hands on to open a franchise yet she took her hands off almost as soon as it opened.

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  2. Restaurants close all the time, it's a business that 9 times out of ten fails. It's not just because the operation is vegan.

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  3. Mills' claims that she is now franchising VBites is just another of her pie in the sky (untrue) stories... There is no financial institution on the planet that would finance a satellite franchise operation when the mothership itself holds no profit making history and VBites clearly does not... Unless one has, independently, as much money as Mills used to have, this is a losing proposition all around... There will not be any VBites franchises... Locals said she was serving TV Dinner quality anyway -- not a success story in the making... Janet is correct that Mills has tranferred ownership of VBites to her sister, Fiona... Fiona has no collateral holdings to confiscate to pay down debts (on purpose) and, when VBites officially goes down (in flames, as it is), Sis will take the fall and the failure for it so that Mills can, seemingly, come out of this unscathed... She's fooling no one yet, of course and as always, she thinks she is... Nothing wrong with the vegan concept -- the problem lies with Mills...

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  4. In response to KENNETH:

    I agree -- this has nothing to do with the fact Mills was running a vegan establishment... I am vegetarian/borderline vegan myself and from Seattle, USA... There are many awesome and very successful vegetarian establishments here, much to the delight of many... She chose a very unwise location for this place, coupled with the fact she has had no clue as to what she's doing (but talks up a storm as if she does)... And, you're very right, 9 out of 10 restaurants go down within the first 2 years of business -- historically, No. 1 business start-up destined for failure... I say again, the problem here lies with Mills and nowhere else...

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